Bucksbaum Center for the Arts
Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell College created a unified and inviting center to house all of the arts by renovating two existing buildings and adding extensive new facilities. New spaces for music include a recital hall, a large ensemble rehearsal room, and rehearsal rooms for early and world music. A new dance studio, studio theater, and scene shop were created, and the 1961 Roberts Theatre, Wall Performance Lab, and support spaces were renovated. Eleven new studios and a 7,400-square-foot gallery serve the fine arts. Gene Leitermann was project manager for Theatre Projects Consultants during the latter stages of design and construction.

Institution
Grinnell College

Architect
Cesar Pelli & Associates (now Pelli Clarke Pelli Associates)

Acoustician
Acentech

Construction Type
New construction
Renovation

Square Feet
130,000

Cost
$22 million

Completion
2000

Users
Art Department
Music Department
Theatre and Dance Department

Spaces
450-seat open stage theater
350-seat recital hall
150-seat flexible theater

Photo: © Gene Leitermann